A patchwork handkerchief throw – made and discovered

A four day week is always welcome, and we had a really lovely bank holiday weekend with family. On Monday afternoon we went on a bike ride with my family – it was a little windy, but the sun was perfectly bright and warm. Rufus was very squashed next to O in the trailer, but thankfully he didn’t seem to mind.

Here is what I’ve been loving this week (aside from the glorious sunshine):

  • A patchwork handkerchief throw – I have had this project on my radar for a while – I think I bought the vintage handkerchiefs 6 months ago. This lovely throw (or picnic blanket) is a very lazy way of making a brightly coloured quilt. It is 12 vintage handkerchiefs mounted onto 12 squares of fabric. They are sewn together and then it is backed with cotton. It was such a quick project, and I love the end result. It’s meant to be imperfect. I used fabric from the bundle I was sent by Interior Goods Direct last week.
  • Charity shopping – Once a month (or so) I do a quick round of the local charity shops when my eldest two are at playgroup. I’m mainly on the lookout for books, but this week I found a pretty plate and bowl too.
  • Rhubarb candle – I picked this up on a whim at our local M&S and I think it is my favourite ever candle scent. It is so fresh and delicious – but I do love rhubarb. I’ve been lighting it before we put the boys to bed, so that when I come downstairs, it smells gorgeous.
  • The Wonder Weeks App – My very lovely friend reminded me of ‘The Wonder Weeks’, and I promptly downloaded the app so I can keep track of O’s ‘leaps’. I’ve written about them once before, and I think it is utterly fascinating.
  • Online food shopping – I’ve ‘discovered’ that online food shopping is my new best friend. For now, it is working for us – it makes it so much easier to remember everything and stock up on items like nappies, shampoo and toilet roll.
  • This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning food. I tried making Deliciously Ella’s shepherd’s pie (available on the app) and Hemsley + Hemsley banana bread. Both of which were enjoyed very much. I sliced the bread up and placed it in the freezer for when I need a snack.

Hope you’ve had a great week!

E xx



  1. 7th May 2016 / 12:11 am

    Oh your throw is lovely! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one that is a huge fan of charity shopping, I would buy everything there if I could!

    • Esther
      13th May 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much Nat…agreed! I love them! x

  2. 7th May 2016 / 10:26 pm

    I did about three food shops when Troy was tiny and then resigned myself to online food shopping. We now have a delivery pass and pay about £50 a year for deliveries whenever we want and it is so worth the money. No more stress! That quilt is gorgeous! x

    • Esther
      13th May 2016 / 9:02 pm

      I feel like I should have discovered online shopping before…but I do love food shopping and having a little mooch. It is definitely a money saver though and great for healthy eating xx

  3. 9th May 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Love everything about this! I can’t wait to get making again. seems like forever…
    Im trying out the food shop today online but I hate it when they substitute! Charity shop finds are the best, I found a similar thing recently but it had sold before I got into the shop (saw on FB) xx

    • Esther
      13th May 2016 / 9:05 pm

      Thankfully we’ve never had a substitute so far…although it’s only been a few weeks. I know, with charity shops you just have to snap it up! x

  4. 13th May 2016 / 12:53 pm

    That is such a beautiful throw! Well done to you for making it with three children to look after too! I always do online shopping, it just makes life so much easier and it saves me money too… x

    • Esther
      13th May 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Lizzie! and yes, online shopping is making a lot of difference! xx

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